With summer fast approaching, it's probably time to shed that extra weight with some standard virtual horseback riding exercises. Panasonic has released the "JOBA horse riding fitness equipment," which uses "3-D virtual reality technology" to imitate horseback riding and increase physical strength. This fitness program will tone those flabby abdominal, side, thigh and back muscles all from the comfort of an included electronic saddle. For the competitive virtual horse riders, you'll be comforted to know that the bridle bar and stirrups are indeed included. My guess is that this idea developed when a designer's mom stumbled upon her son's hidden saddle collection. It's safe to say that an exercise system based around a leather mask with a ton of zippers is not that far off.